Trees For Houston is proud to have partnered with American Forests and Bulleit to plant 85 fifteen-gallon trees at TC Jester Park along Egbert Street and Kansas Street. The objectives of the planting are to improve air quality, promote flood mitigation, reduce the urban heat island effect, beautify the trails, and provide shade for the community.
The project is located in a Central Texas neighborhood that was completely devastated by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, with numerous street trees killed in the flood. With its proximity to heavy industry and the TC Jester Highway, the area has some of the nation’s highest levels of air pollution per the CDC. The neighborhood also suffers from the urban heat island effect, in a city that is among the top twenty fastest warming cities in the country.
Community members were key to catalyzing the project, reaching out to Trees for Houston to reforest their trails and streets. The 85 trees planted will provide shade and thermal refuge along bike and walking paths at TC Jester Park, promoting recreation and improving health and wellness for the neighborhood.
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Every tree planting project demonstrates impacts that create a more just and sustainable future.
Urban Heat - 10
Active Living - 10
Wellness & Mental Health - 7
Social Health - 2
Site Selection - 5
Community Engagement in Design - 8
Community Participation in Implementation - 5
Economic Equity - 1
Climate Action - 13
Water Quality & Quantity - 9
Habitat, Food & Wood Production - 2
Bioremediation - 0
The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs are a global call for action. These goals have the power to build a better future for everyone. Investment in this impact project drives action towards the following goals.
Trees were planted in a neighborhood that experiences high levels of air pollution and urban heat and recently lost significant tree canopy in Hurricane Harvey. The new trees will improve air quality, shade trails, and promote recreation.
The planting area experiences frequent flooding due to poor infrastructure. Trees will improve stormwater capture, especially along the bayou.
Trees for Houston cultivates strong relationships with local growers to ensure trees can be sourced from local providers.
The planting area neighborhood is in the 86th percentile in the country for proximity to sites that manufacture or use noxious or toxic chemicals. The project restores tree canopy to a community that has a disproportionately high environmental burden.
The project was catalyzed by grassroots engagement, with community members mobilizing to partner with Trees for Houston on restoring canopy in their neighborhood.
Trees were strategically planted on sidewalks and trails to provide optimum shade and wind protection for homes and trail users.
The 85 trees planted will store 140 tons of carbon, filter 0.04 tons of air pollution, and capture 1,688 cubic meters of stormwater at maturity.
Species selection prioritized native, drought-tolerant, and flood-resistant species to ensure that the new trees are suitable for the current and predicted climate of the region.
Trees for Houston worked with the community, the City of Houston, national nonprofit American Forests, and corporate sponsor Bulleit to plant the trees and enrich the neighborhood greenspace.